P60
Between the mediation of diversity and the diversity of mediations: considerations on contemporary world circulations, belongings and contours

Convenors:
Marta Vilar Rosales (Instituto de Ciências Sociais)
Maria Inês David (CRIA/FCSH-UNL)
Location:
Appleton Tower, Seminar Room 2.11
Start time:
20 June, 2014 at 14:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

It aims the widening of the anthropological gaze on present-day relationships between media and mobility. It seeks original contributions on the potentialities of integrated approaches in that field, while exploring its aptitudes to illuminate the discussions on identity, placement and belonging.

Long abstract:

There is a growing body of research concerned with the processes of the mediation of diversity as well as with the diversity of the types of mediations that are central in contexts of mobility, and on their implications in contemporary notions of identity, placement and belonging. Yet, ongoing transformations deriving from technological convergence and the diversification of migratory flows invite further mapping, and inter-relating, both old and new articulations between media and circulations, as well as on how they intersect with dominant notions of identity, placement and belonging. This panel aims exploring perspectives that are complementary to consolidated research. It invites innovative contributions that engage with new perspectives and dimensions of analysis: by revisiting established themes such as: - the politics of self-representation of minority populations; - the possibilities unlocked by digital ICT, as well as by the combined use of "old" and "new" media in the management of relationships and belongings; - relationships with technology (insofar as they are informed by temporality, materiality, media ideologies and so on) in what concerns the production and management of memories and heritage claims. by discussing under-explored dimensions such as: - the importance of destination-images in the motivations driving movement and the political economy of their production; - the combined role of different media in the circulation of information for incorporation in the destination context; - the existence of new molds and channels for the consolidation of imagined transnational communities; - the uses of media among under-researched mobility cases, such as privileged flows.